A Star Is Born (2018)

BRADLEY COOPER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  USA, 2018.  Warner Bros. Pictures, Live Nation Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Peters Entertainment, Gerber Pictures, Joint Effort, Malpaso Productions, Thunder Road Pictures.  Screenplay by Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters, based on the screenplay by Moss Hart, the screenplay by John Gregory Dunne, Joan Didion and Frank Pierson, and the story by William…

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Scary Movie 3

BB (out of 5) The spoofs keep rolling in as the Wayan Brothers step out of the way and let director David Zucker take over for the franchise. This time the jokes aren’t nearly as gross as they were in the first two films, but eventually the skits become as tedious they always do. The…

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The Mod Squad (1999)

BB (out of 5) So-so action thriller that purports to be based on the original television show but is more along the lines of recent Levi’s jeans advertisements. Omar Epps, Claire Danes and perpetual numbskull Giovanni Ribisi are the three hipsters who team up to solve crime on the street. Okay, well actually they’re just getting back…

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Norbit

0 (out of 5) Eddie Murphy has had a few dogs in his highly successful career, but it’s still surprising to think that this piece of garbage could involve him. Teaming up with makeup wizard Rick Baker, Murphy plays three characters: the title role, a soft-spoken dweeb who is raised in an orphanage, an (offensively stereotyped)…

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Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo

BBB (out of 5) Despite the idiotic writing, star Rob Schneider comes off looking pretty good in this surprise hit comedy. He plays a lonely pool cleaner who is left to housesit the apartment of a strappingly handsome gigolo (Oded Fehr) and ends up destroying a very expensive aquarium. In need of some serious cash to…

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Undercover Brother (2002)

MALCOLM D. LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2002.  Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Urban Media.  Story by John Ridley, Screenplay by John Ridley, Michael McCullers, based on the internet series by John Ridley.  Cinematography by Tom Priestley Jr..  Produced by Brian Grazer, Michael Jenkinson, Damon Lee, Greg McKay.  Music by Stanley Clarke.  Production Design by William A. Elliott.  Costume Design by Danielle Hollowell.  Film…

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Double Take

BBB (out of 5) Pretty funny, but everything in this comedy of errors seems like it’s all been done before.  Orlando Jones is a wealthy Wall Street businessman who gets caught up in a murder set-up and has no idea how to prove his innocence. Eddie Griffin is the incoherent, bumbling idiot who keeps getting in his…

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Date Movie

B (out of 5) Come on, we knew it would be terrible but couldn’t it have at least been funny? This spoof on a most deserving target, the schlocky, formulaic romantic comedies that Hollywood churns out by the bucket load, has some moments that induce a chuckle but is otherwise total trash. Alyson Hannigan plays an…

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Armageddon

BB (out of 5) When a giant asteroid heading straight towards Earth is discovered by scientists, the American government quickly puts together a drilling team to go up into outer space and blast it apart before it can destroy all of humanity. Bruce Willis leads the team that also includes Steve Buscemi (the Funny Guy),…

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Picking Up The Pieces

BB (out of 5) Here’s a film that tries to be adorably weird but is just bad. New York-relocated-to-Texas butcher Woody Allen decides he’s had it with his philandering wife (an adorable Sharon Stone in an unbilled cameo), so he cuts her up into a zillion pieces and stashes the body far away. A blind woman…

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